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OUSoonerfan 04-30-2012 02:46 PM

2006 MADP 4304 Opinions
I am looking at a 2006 MADP 4304 for possible purchase and was wanting opinions on this motorhome, good and bad. The coach has under 20,000 miles on it. It is priced well below the NADA Low Retail. I have looked at the motorhome once and saw some mold on the drivers side by the firewall and also some by the entry step. Everything else looked in excellent condition. I am some distance away from where it is located and before I go look at it again I wanted opinions on what I should be looking for in regards to the mold and also any other things I should be aware of on this model.

footdoc 04-30-2012 07:12 PM

I'm the original owner of mine and it's been a very good coach...took me about a year to get everything humming just right and the rest of the time modifying, etc which included pitching the Norcrap refrigerator for a only complaint is the lack of a 3rd AC's a very well made machine and I STILL love it today:bow:

"007" 05-02-2012 02:32 AM

Welcome Darrell to the Newmar forum & irv2.
Mold is unusual unless there is a windshield leak in that area or parked in Florida summer months.
Here is a brochure and Owners Guide for coach.
Here is a recall list also.

shaman52 05-10-2012 06:46 AM

For comparison here is a link to a 2006 MADP in Wolfforth TX. 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire 4301, Class A - Diesel RV For Sale in Wolfforth, Texas | Lubbock Auto Inc. | - 119008
This year I bought a 2007 MADP model 4528 from him and drove it to GA. Was and still well pleased with my MADP. Good guy to deal with and low overhead (works out of home) = low prices. Do not be afraid of negotiating a good deal. Good luck Sir!

OUSoonerfan 05-10-2012 11:59 AM

Thanks for the replies. The MADP in Wolfforth is very similar to the coach I am looking at, see the link below. I am still undecided on the MADP, I looked at some Dutch Stars with the bath and half over the weekend and really liked them.
Here is the link to the MADP. Any comments? Thanks

GaryKD 05-10-2012 05:14 PM

Hi OUSoonerfan,
Welcome to iRV2 and the Newmar forum. There are two items for that era MADP.
1. If there is dark paint, look carefully at the paint, from all angles. Do this when the sun is bright. You are looking for "checking". If the coach has this problem you see a spider web look in the paint This is big buck to get fixed..

2. If the coach has a fiberglass roof check all the seams of everything that sits on the roof. Walk on the roof and check for a loose feeling. Sometimes the fiberglass roof will become loose due to a lack of owner maintenance (keeping the seams correctly sealed.

I know of no other chronic items.

"007" 05-10-2012 05:16 PM

I can agree on the bath & 1/2 its very convenient with ladies aboard.
Each toilet has its own black tank the 1/2 bath sink will empty into same tank, the full bath has its own black and shower & sink empty into same gray as the kitchen tank.
Most holding tanks 50 gal with 80 fresh water on my coach.
If I had ever move up to DP it would have been a DS, for the money a good choice.

shaman52 05-11-2012 06:04 AM

I fought the DW on the issue of the 1-1/2 bath. I argued that the single bath units were more open and she wanted a guest bath. After living a few months of full timing, with our MADP 4528, I told my wife yesterday that that was a good choice. She said she did not hear me and wanted that repeated. LOL

harleyman134 05-11-2012 08:59 AM

The MADP you found at PPL looks like a lot of motorhome for the money, I'm guessing that MH listed for around $350,000 when new. It will have the Spartain Mountain Master Chassis with Cummins ISL engine. The mh you found looks like it has a Hydro Hot system and the one in the link that shaman52 sent does not have the HH system, the HH system is a nice upgrade to have. You didn't say what year Dutch Star you are looking out so I'm guessing it's a 2007 or 2008, if so I would think the DS would compare favorably with the MA. In the back of my mind I seem to remember that Newmar tweeked their lineup in 2007 and upgraded to Mountain Air to the K2 chassis. Also if you are looking at a 2008 DS, it might have the "comfort drive" which I've heard is a nice upgrade. The only probematic item I've had is the Navigation system, this system also runs the backup camera (luckily my backup still works). Outside the issues GaryKD pointed out I don't know of any "glaring" issues to look out for. Bottom line most manufactures buy many of the systems from the same manufacture so they are all subject to the same problems. Even the delamination GaryKD mentioned has been experienced by other manufaturers.

Lee Litchfield 05-19-2012 10:51 PM

There is a huge difference between a 2006 Mountain Aire and a 2007 Mountain Aire. The 2007 is 45', instead of 43' and is on a K2 chassis. The 2007 also has Comfort Drive. No comparison as the 2007 MADP was only about $30K less than Essex. Lee

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